Printing guide

To ensure your files meet professional printing standards, make sure they respect the following technical requirements:

1. One interior PDF file (PDF/X-1a), set up in single spreads (not double spreads)

  • The print file must match the dimensions of the print quote.
  • Bleed: if any of your interior pages have bleed, make sure to include crop marks. Minimum required bleed is 0.125 in (3 mm).

2. One cover PDF file (PDF/X-1a)

  • The cover file must include the front cover (C1), spine and back cover (C4) in a single spread. Front cover should be on the right, back cover on the left, and the spine in the middle.
  • The required width of your book’s spine is indicated in the upper-right corner of our print quote. (For a hardcover book, a customized template will be provided for the cover once the print order has been confirmed.)
  • Bleed is required. Minimum required bleed is 0.125 in (3 mm).
  • Crop marks are required. Make sure your crop marks are cut off 0.125 in (3 mm) of their intersection (see example below).
  • If your cover requires duplex (double-sided) printing, download our Printing Guide for more details about file submission, or contact us.

Here’s an example of a print-ready cover file with indications (click to enlarge):

  • Colour profile must be CMYK. RGB and Pantone colour profiles are not accepted (if possible, use profile U.S. Web Coated (SWOP) v2).
  • Fonts must be embedded in both the interior and cover PDF files.
  • If your cover has a barcode, ensure that the barcode is 100% black on a white background.


To submit your files

If this is your first time printing with us, contact us to receive a link to our file deposit page.

If you already have an account with us, you can submit files using the File Deposit tab in your Rapido client portal.



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